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7/29/18 11:12 A

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Lol, brothers.... my brother is 10 years older than me, so naturally he did everything first. However, I became a grandparent first, and that gave me a silly kind of gleeful pleasure! emoticon

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Lol "arranged marriage", I remember when Maureen started dating your son. I hope they're doing well. I'll be 32 in the fall, my brother had his first when he was 33 and in true fashion of my entire life, I want to do what my older brother does. (My parents had lots of fun explaining the 5 year differences in abilities and privileges)

Heather I'm glad you've got the temp thing coming up for a little stability, but fingers still crossed for the long run!

I had a nice swim yesterday. This is the best time of year where the water is 82 and refreshing. My hip flexors sure are tight though! Gonna go do some yoga before I resume my Pennsic packing...

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Thanks Laurie!! It's a 3-6 month assignment that I hope to turn to permanent. Either way, it's a great deal for me and I'm super happy!!!

All this baby talk.........I'm too old for a baby of my own and it's going to be 10 years or so (I hope) before my baby has a baby, so I'm left with loving the pictures of the babies on FB!!!

Congrats Jen!!! It's fun to know the gender!! We decided not to find out, so the whole time I was pregnant I thought I was for sure going to have a boy. I don't know why, but it probably had to do with the only baby in my life at that time being a nephew. Anyhow, when we had a girl we were so surprised and excited!!! It really doesn't matter because you will love them so much anyway!! For me, since I could only have one, I have ended up super happy to have a girl with whom I'm very very close. :)

Have a great day everyone. Hubby and I are going out on our tandem bike later today!! Wish me luck!!

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7/29/18 8:18 A

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Carol, your kids are the same age as my kids, except my girl is the older one.

Jen, my girl is named after my grandmother, and her older girl is named after my mother and my MIL. So sweet

I saw on FB that Heather landed her new job! Yay! Congrats! emoticon

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7/28/18 12:52 P

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My son will be 31 in November and my daughter will be 28. He's married...actually to one of our teammates, it was an "arranged marriage" haha. They are debating if they are going to have kids. My daughter doesn't have any attachments and is working for Wanderlust, so no babies in the near future. Sigh.

It's really okay, I just need a baby fix and I'll be fine. I don't want them to hurry.

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7/27/18 8:00 P

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Aww Carol, I don't remember how old your kids are. Maybe it's just a matter of time

We have two options for names, either a junior or a combination of our grandfather's names. (We were both very close with our pop pops)

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Woo hoo! emoticon It's a Boy! emoticon

I had my boy first and he was such a lovely baby! Sigh...I'm still not a grandma...

Laurie - Sometimes those ordinances are a pain...but others we are thankful for. Being a landlord in Fresno, CA was the pits! My son's city harasses them if they have any weeds between the cracks in the sidewalk, it's pretty ridiculous. Your tree one sounds like a smart one and your neighbor doesn't sound terribly helpful. I've never understood landlords that don't want to keep up their properties. Occasionally we have to work with our tenants because they don't want us to upgrade or fix things, but I know that can just be the rental mentality that we might up their rent. We always try to reassure them. Rents here are going pretty crazy, so they need it!



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7/27/18 2:35 P

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Congrats!!! emoticon Any names you would care to share?

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We're having a boy! Squeeee! It's so exciting to know!

Carol, I haven't been great about doing much yoga lately but I want to do more. My back is achy from sitting in a cubicle all day...

Laurie, that's some crazy shenanigans on the part of your neighbor. I'm glad the tree is coming down.

Hoping to hear positive response on the teaching job.... Just waiting for now

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7/25/18 11:48 A

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Funny you should ask... I called the city after I posted, and they told me it's in the works for the neighbor to cut down the tree. He asked for another two weeks to get it scheduled.

There is a nuisance ordinance on the books that says if your tree poses a risk to a neighboring property, then you must fix the problem at your cost, even though it's all private property. That's the ordinance the city used to tell him he had to cut it down. An arborist was out and condemned it, so that's that. The limb and fence were my responsibility - Act of God - no fence law like that on our books.

He offered to pay for the limb removal, but in return he wanted me to release him from all further liability. Ummm.... NO. If that tree falls on my house, he's buying me a new house. I'm not releasing him from that. Sorry.

The limb removal cost me $200 in addition to the wood, taking down the entire tree is going to cost between $2 and 3K. He tried to get me to help him with the cost, saying it was the "neighborly thing to do" since he offered to remove the limb. I think not. His "offer" came at a price, and frankly, my neighborliness just doesn't extend that far.

Pity, really. It's a beautiful old tree, a giant maple. But it's dying, and poses too great a risk. So, it has to go.

Maybe this will be the motivator he needs to sell the property. He's been a terrible landlord, according to my renter neighbors. The place has a lot of problems and they find it near impossible to get him to fix anything. Of course, that means I'll lose them as neighbors - they don't want to buy it - and then who knows who the new neighbors will be. These folks are good people. They put up with my barking dogs emoticon

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7/25/18 11:13 A

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Heather - Yeah, I don't think you should hold up the interim if you get the other offer haha. You could easily take the other job even if you are working at the interim one. If it's interim, they know you are temporary and so leaving with only a two week notice would be fair. Plus, if the interim job looks like a fit and you've worked there even a month, then the other place offers, then you can go to them and be easily within professional bounds to tell them you've gotten this other offer, but that you really like them and would they like to keep you instead. If they say yes, then the door is open to renegotiate the wages.

Wages here in California are going up! I am looking for a plant accountant which I expect to pay between $65k - 75k...but anyone with experience is looking for about $90k - $100k and there isn't even anyone out there if I was willing to pay that! Now I'm looking at junior accountants and they want the $65k wages! Sigh.

I remember when my daughter graduated high school and that was the end of the dance for her...though she did join the dance team in college for a couple of weeks until she realized they were too catty for her. She did join the dance team down in Chile where she went abroad for a year and she is still friends with a bunch of them. I don't know if you know this, but she now teaches yoga and it's an excellent outlet for that dancer's gene thing. It was the end of an era, but I didn't miss or mourn it and I think it was that she was emotional about it, but very ready for the next phase in her life.

Jen - Oh go for it! It sounds like the position would be a good fit!

My second pregnancy was high risk because my first baby was 10 lbs and C section, but I wanted to try to have the second one naturally anyway, which put me in the high-risk category. Don't get me wrong, I didn't mind the C section at all, it was fine and it saved my baby. My daughter was a nine-hour easy birth. They did put me on Pitocin because they induced me, but it was fine. I actually went to the grocery store with her on the way home from the hospital and people were appalled lol! It seemed natural and normal to me...and clearly, she's no worse for the wear! You'll be fine. Just keep as relaxed as you can. Are you doing yoga and breathing?

Laurie - You sound like me! AND you were always laughing at all the stuff I was doing. Don't you have a fence/neighbor law there? In California, if your fence is compromised or broken, the neighbor sharing the fence is obligated to pay half. I would come help, but it will be another year before I retire...but then I'd come!

So, we've been meeting with the financial planner about retirement funding and found out yesterday that my estimates are right on target! What a relief and certainly for my husband because I wanted an independent authority telling him we were okay. Her projections used me living until 85 and Tom until 95 and we will still be able to pull at least what we take home now! AND that didn't include selling off any of the properties or the rise in rental income! Yay for retirement! Life is good!

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7/25/18 10:32 A

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Babies.... job hunts.... home construction.... wow, there's a lot going on

I'm still plugging away working from home. I've outgrown the small bedroom I'm using for an office, so I need to get my son to help me move some furniture around so I can transfer to the larger bedroom across the hall.

I'm so busy I'm having trouble keeping up with the work. I know busy is good, but there's such a thing as too busy too! I've had to turn down some new assignments, and refer a couple of callers to other attorneys. I've never had this much trouble with time management. I'm glad because it means income, but it makes me anxious too.

I've also been working on the house and yard, little by little, as I can afford it, I'm getting things done. I ripped out some old smelly carpet, got the yard nicely mulched and gravelled, and rebuilt my front steps. Next is more yard stuff, repair to a gate, tree trimming, rebuild a planter, etc. I still need to rip out more carpet too, and refinish floors, painting, etc. Whew... Lots of work. Can't be done all at once, and most definitely won't be done by me. Carol, I am not a do-it-yourselfer like you!

I don't remember if I told you this, but in the middle of May a big limb from my neighbor's tree fell into my yard and crushed my fence. (Better the fence than one of my dogs!) I've been going round and round with the neighbor, trying to get him to cut down the rest of the tree before it falls on my roof, but he's being stubborn. (He lives out of town, and the house is a rental) I've gotten the city involved, so we'll see what they can do. In the meantime, a friend of mine cut up the limb and took it for firewood, but now I still have the unexpected repair to the fence.

Grandbabies are lovely :-) Going to see them at the end of September... can't wait!

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7/25/18 9:09 A

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It's definitely worth it!!! I was at high risk for a lot of things too. I was 35 when I got pregnant, we had to use a very specialized IVF method for conception, we did some kind of genetic testing that I didn't even know I had approved, and found out the baby was at risk for something that I can't recall anymore.....I just didn't follow up on it. I think I said before that no matter what I was going through with the pregnancy so those tests didn't matter.

You do have to be more careful with the blood sugar issue for sure. But remember, it's their responsibility to let you know about things that "could" happen. Most likely none of them will. But listen especially about how to respond with the blood sugar issues as that's very important to be on top of. I'm sure you are being careful and so it will all be great!!!

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Aww thanks! It's hard because I'm "high risk" so they have to tell me the terrible things that I'm at risk for, but I also know that it's possible to get through without complications. Especially if I keep these blood sugar levels down!

The doula service is very cool, it's an on call program and so about half the cost of a private doula. It'll still be a stretch, but I think it's worth pulling together funds for.

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Doulas are the best; I have a friend who used to do that. I couldn't really afford to pay for one, so I kind of made my husband do what he could to help me. Honestly, I was lucky to get an absolutely amazing labor and delivery nurse. She had given birth five times with no epidural, so she could totally relate to my experience. I definitely didn't want the epidural and I didn't have one. I did a lot of reading on how to manage the process to get it to be what I wanted it to be. I did a decent job of holding off the pitocin as I was not progressing as fast as they wanted at first. No pitocin, no epidural, teeny tiny 4 pound 11 oz preemie. It was all good.

I took advantage of the lactation specialist the hospital had and fortunately had no real trouble nursing. Sydney was so tiny she ate almost constantly......nurse for 45 minutes, sleep for maybe two hours, repeat, repeat, repeat for weeks and weeks.........it was the absolute best time of my life and I'd do it again in a heartbeat!!

Try to never read about the bad things that can happen......because almost certainly none of them will apply to you. Keep taking care of yourself momma!!

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Holy crap Heather that's a lot to keep track of! I'm a big fan of using leverage, but that's me lol

I've got a teaching portfolio drawn up and I've done some good reading on pedagogy to prepare since it's so slow here at my current job. I'm exited to give it all a go and see how it pans out!

We're also going to meet a doula service tonight to see if they might be a good fit for us. I know I'm gonna need someone to help keep me (and Randy) calm through this whole late pregnancy/early newborn thing.

Lots of things! Hoping for good outcomes all around!

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Hi!!! What a crazy week or so I've had......

Last week was the final dance competition for us. I cried a lot and worked through the feelings of loss I have about not seeing my baby dance anymore......and now I'm good. It was fun, we had a blast, and next time we go to the shore for a week we won't have to run around and spend full days in a high school auditorium......yay!!

Last week I also heard that I didn't get the job that I was perfect for. Literally it came down to a difference in salary of $15k. I think they made the wrong decision, of course, but I hope they are happy and it all works out. I also got a few calls on jobs last week and I did some phone interviews from vacation, and then I had in person follow ups yesterday for two of them in the city. The one was crazy town and not even worth spending time describing, but the other is an amazing job, except that it's Interim Controller. They want overlap with their outgoing controller and they liked me and even offered it yesterday! I have accepted and if the background check clears in time, I will start on Thursday. Perhaps it will become permanent if they decide I'm their choice, but perhaps not........

Of course today I got a call about a job I'm even more a great fit for, closer to home, and paying more money. The recruiter is going to submit me for it and maybe this one will work out. I really want the job in the city and I'd like it to go permanent at a better salary than they are paying Interim, but if I get a perm offer at a higher salary, what choice will I actually have? I also have another good option that another recruiter is trying to get me in for on Monday. So much activity I can hardly keep it all straight!!! I suppose if I get the company closer to me to give an offer I could use that as some kind of leverage to get the folks who want to hire me Interim to just hire me. But I'm not sure and that seems like it's not the most professional thing to do. AAAAHHHH!!!

Today I'm going to work out, clean up the house, and then focus hard on client work because one way or another something is going to work out and I'm going to have a full time job very soon.

Good luck Jen!!! I'm sure they will love you!!! The rain is crazy and I'm so glad your Dad is OK!! My parents, in Maryland, got something like 10 inches of rain in two days late last week.

Carol, you are a monster with all of the home construction work you do! It sounds great. It's been raining for days here, as mentioned, and we won't see the sun again until the weekend.

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Hi folks :)

Crazy day! My Dad got caught by a flash flood last night and the high water killed the engine and the car is totalled. He's ok though, thank goodness!

And I sent a resume for a teaching job with the private school where my hubby works and I have an interview on Wednesday! Now I have to put together a portfolio and fast...

Gonna be an interesting week!

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Happy Monday! We are having gorgeous California weather here! This past weekend my hubby and I took down our 12 x 18 shed in preparation of replacing it with a climate controlled building. Man, was that a great work out! I am kinda surprised I'm sore since we do this stuff all the time, but this was a pretty heavy duty project. I feel good and sore today!

Heather - Our thoughts and hopes are with you on finding that perfect job!

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